Political actors urged to start dialogue in Bahrain

The authorities in Bahrain have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to address political and constitutional reform and facilitate national reconciliation.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Several people were killed and others injured last month when government forces dispersed demonstrators in the capital Manama who were demanding the resignation of the government.

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa initiated a national dialogue to tackle the country’s political problems.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General is concerned at the apparent impasse in launching the dialogue.

“The Secretary-General calls on all parties in Bahrain to seize the moment and engage in a broad-based, peaceful and meaningful dialogue involving the political opposition and civil society in the interest of all Bahraini people. To this end, the Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to provide support to nationally-led efforts, if requested to do so.”

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